James Burton


Dr. James Burton has worked in South East Asia and the Middle East with NGOs, governments  and conservation breeding institutions on research and applied conservation activities. James is chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group (since January 2006) and focuses on linking conservation stakeholders through species conservation planning.

The Specialist Group’s mission is to conserve Asian Wild Cattle and Buffaloes and their habitats. He currently has the role of coordinating a partnership between IUCN, North American and European zoos and partners in Indonesia that is developing in situ and ex situ conservation activities for Banteng, Anoa and Babirusa (Global Species Management Plans). He also provides strategic input as a member of the Steering Committee of the Saola Working Group, also supported by GWC.

Previously, James led a programme of field research projects, education and capacity-building activities with the government in the Sultanate of Oman for Earthwatch Institute.

  • Ph.D. Conservation genetics, University of Edinburgh & Roslin Institute.
  • M. Res. Conservation Biology, Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • B.S. Biology, University of Bristol.

Publications

Melletti, M. & Burton, J. 2014. Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour of Wild Cattle: Implications for Conservation, Cambridge University Press.

Meijaard, E. Leus, K., Burton. J. 2014. Think Pig. Results from our first Wild Pig Specialist Group Meeting for South-East and South Asia. Suiform Soundings, 12 (2), 4-8.

Mustari, A. H. Soehartono, T. R., Burton, J., Rejeki, I. S. 2014. Strategy and Action Plan for Anoa Conservation 2013-2022. Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry.   http://www.dephut.go.id/uploads/files/3532707de51cdc45dfcce584b0822355.pdf

Mustari, A. H. Soehartono, T. R., Burton, J., Rejeki, I. S. 2014. Strategy and Action Plan for Babirusa Conservation 2013-2022. Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry. pp. 26.http://www.dephut.go.id/uploads/files/f1ab697117240347b3624a413c230d68.pdf

Burton, J. et al. 2013. An increasing focus on field research, environmental education and conservation in the Sultanate of Oman. Wildlife Middle East, 6 (4), 8.

Duckworth, J. W. et.al. 2012. Why South-East Asia should be the World’s Priority for Averting Imminent Species Extinctions, and a Call to Join a Developing Cross-Institutional Programme to Tackle this Urgent Issue. S.A.P.I.EN.S 5(2): 77-95

Pudyatmoko, S., Wawandono, N. B., Santoso, H., Soehartono, T. R., Burton, J., Hedges, S., Tyson, M., Meijaard, E., Soesilo, H. D., Kaniawati, S. C., Sutito, A.S.B., Rejeki, I. S. 2012. Strategy and Conservation Action Plan for the Banteng (Bos javanicus) Conservation 2010 to 2020. Indonesian Ministry of Forestry. pp. 46. IUCN. 2011. Regional Strategic Conservation Plan for South-east Asian Wild Cattle and Buffaloes.

Burton, J. A. 2011. Anoa Species Account. In Handbook of Mammals of the World: Ungulates. Eds. Mittermeier, R & Wilson, D. E. Lynx Edicions ISBN 978-84-96553-77-4

Burton, J. A. 2011. Tamaraw Species Account. In Handbook of Mammals of the World: Ungulates. Eds. Mittermeier, R & Wilson, D. E. Lynx Edicions ISBN 978-84-96553-77-4

Burton, J. & Nietsch A. 2010. Geographical Variation in Duet Songs of Sulawesi Tarsiers: Evidence for New Cryptic Species in South and Southeast Sulawesi. International Journal of Primatology, 31(6):1123-1146.

Hoffmann, M. et al. 2010. The Impact of Conservation on the Status of the World’s Vertebrates. Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1194442.

Pangau-Adam, M.Z. & Burton, J.A. 2010. Terrestrial mammal diversity in Sulawesi, Indonesia: threats to endemic species. Biological Diversity and Nature Conservation: Theory and Practice for Teaching. Eds. Spellerberg, I. and Mühlenberg, M. International Quality Network, KMK Scientific Press, pp. 95-108.

Wahungu G. M., Mureu L. K., Kimuyu D. M., Birkett A., Macharia P. G and Burton J. 2010. Survival, Recruitment and Dynamics of Acacia drepanolobium Sjøstedt seedlings at Olpejeta Conservancy, Kenya between 1999 and 2009. Afr. J. Ecology, October 2010.

The Bovine HapMap Consortium. 2009. Genome-Wide Survey of SNP Variation Uncovers the Genetic Structure of Cattle Breeds. Science, 324, 528-532.

Schipper, J. et al. 2008. The Status of the World’s Land and Marine Mammals: Diversity, Threat, and Knowledge. Science, 322 (5899), 225-230.

Hedges, S., Groves, C. P., Duckworth J. W., Meijaard E., Timmins R. J., Burton J. A. 2007. Was the kouprey (Bos sauveli) a feral hybrid? A response to Galbreath et al. 2006. Journal of Zoology, 271 (3), 242.

Burton, J.A., Hedges, S. & Mustari, A. H. 2005. The taxonomic status, distribution and conservation needs of the lowland anoa Bubalus depressicornis and mountain anoa B. quarlesi). Mammal Review, 35(1), 25-50.